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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I accepted the amendment which has just been rejected at the request of opponents of the clause. I have no complaint to make, but I rise to say that during the dinner-hour I had an opportunity of discussing the clause, and I now earnestly appeal to the Committee to pass it as it stands, and if they are not disposed to do so, to, at any rate, permit us to get the Bill through quickly.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - Knock the clause out at once.

Senator GARDINER - Honorable senators will do that if they follow Senator Gould's lead. Personally, it will make no difference to me. Honorable senators have expressed great interest in the clause, and have displayed considerable ability in arguing in such a way that the two extremes can meet. I shall say no more now than that the Government want the Bill passed, and desire that this clause should be retained. I ask for no favour in the matter, but have explained the attitude which the Government adopt.

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